Computer Art Program Adds Motion Capture

The School of Art and Design Computer Art program has added motion capture to its curriculum. A Shadow motion capture suit and workstation will allow students to capture the motion of live actors and then use that captured motion within animation. Motion capture can speed the production of “realistic” animation considerably by providing a base for animators to work from — the animation process jumps straight to adjusting and nuancing the motion capture rather than animating everything from scratch.

The motion capture suit uses the same technologies as the motion capture suits used on many Hollywood production sets. The suit is designed to be worn by various sized actors and can capture motion wirelessly from over fifty feet away. The range of the suit makes it quite versatile, capturing simple motions like walking or standing but also capturing larger motions like sports activities.